Bring on the Book Totes, Saddle bags and guitar straps . . .those bags featured prominently in Dior’s Fall/Winter 2019 show. Drawing on themes from 1950s House of Dior (the “New Look”), British subculture and “rebellious” Princess Margaret, designer Maria Grazia Chiuri melds feminine, masculine and feminism in the ready-to-wear collection. The textures and textiles of many of the accompanying handbags flow from the clothing – matching lumberjack plaid in different colors, denims, a toile de jouy with palm trees, just to name a few. Frankly, the clothing was beautiful – tulle and tough, delicate and dangerous. Hats were big – atop every model, many framed with tulle or fishnet.
As discussed below, the bags continued the themes from recent Dior collections. Of course, there were a few new-is directions like ladylike purses in different shapes. Take a read and look below and let us know what you like.
Hold Onto Your Saddle
Saddle bags worn cross-body with thick guitar straps were on repeat. You’ll find logos, denim, and leather fabrications.
Book Totes Remain Big
There was a book tote to match nearly every ensemble. Lumberjack plaids in red, white, and green, as well as Dior logo fabric, swayed with coordinated clothing, as well as logo-ed denim and tulle. Despite the fashion-y camouflage, the bags were meant to highlight not hide. Although, as we have reported, a mini version of the Book Tote is due this spring, this runway showed them large.
A couple of totes were variations on the book tote style. One had thicker straps and another was a braided leather, not quite the same shape.
Messenger Bags were Back . . . and Cross-Body
Coordination remained the order of the day for the show’s messenger-style bags. How to carry? Most were cross-body slung across the back not the front.
Ladylike Means Business
Dior included many riffs on a ladylike theme. Slightly different shapes – rectangle, trapezoid, elongated – mostly in different dark leathers with varied straps, including chain, leather, guitar, united by a “CD” clasp. It’s a logo we saw in pre-Fall, but reappears many times here.
Not to worry, though, the classic ladylike Lady Dior appeared as well.
Adding to the mix were some more business-like models, including the Montaigne 30 seen in pre Fall/Winter.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to the Dior bags of Fall/Winter 2019? Let us hear from you.